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William Z. Shetter Bloomington Monthly Meeting Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-219

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal journal of William Z. Shetter, 1982-85, kept during his first term of Clerk of Bloomington Friends Meeting, recording all that was going on in the Meeting as well as his reaction and perceptions. During his second tenure as Clerk, the Meeting decided to take under its care the marriage of a same sex couple. The papers in the collection document the case, including photocopies of his handwritten notes, photocopies of the records pertaining to the case including minutes, correspondence with other meetings and Western Yearly Meeting, and news clippings.

Organization: Series 1. Journal; Series 2. Same gender marriage papers

Dates

  • 1982-1993

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

This material will be open to consultation, but no part of the journal may be quoted or cited in any publication in any such a manner as to permit identification of individuals before July 31, 2045. A copy of any publication making use of this journal will be given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Biographical / Historical

William Z. (William Zeiders) Shetter, Quaker professor of Germanic languages and culture, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, was born in Allentown, Pa., in 1927. He received an A.B. in 1951 from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1953 and 1955. He taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1956 to 1961 and Bryn Mawr College from 1962 to 1965. In 1965, he joined the faculty of Indiana University. He was a Fulbright scholar and has taught German and Dutch throughout his career. He is married to Janette Knott Shetter,

William Shetter joined Radnor Monthly Meeting while teaching at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. He is active in the Society of Friends, serving in Bloomington Monthly Meeting in many roles including clerk and representative to Western Yearly Meeting and Friends World Committee for Consultation.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

William Z. Shetter (b. 1927) is Professor of Germanic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He is an active member of the Society of Friends, and served as clerk of Bloomington Monthly Meeting for two terms, 1982-1985 and 1992-1995. During his first tenure as clerk, he kept a detailed personal journal, recording all that was going on in the Meeting as well as his thoughts and perceptions. During his second tenure, the Meeting decided to take under its care the marriage of a same gender couple. The collection contains photocopies of his journal for the years 1982-1985, photocopies of his handwritten notes on the same gender marriage case, and photocopies of the records pertaining to the case including minutes, correspondence with other meetings and Western Yearly Meeting, and news clippings.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, William Z. Shetter, 1995-1997, in three separate accessions.
Title
Bloomington Monthly Meeting Papers, 1982-1992
Description rules
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Language of description note
English

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